Flax is a bi-product from the makeup of linen and is a natural, vegetable-based bedding. The actual bedding is exclusively made up from the base of the flax plant. It’s the central and wooden-like part of the flax stalk and is protected by its non-allergic fiber envelope. It has an absorption rate of 12x more than straw and 4x more than wood-derived bedding. The natural fiber of flax is environmentally friendly and breaks down quickly unlike wood shavings/flakes. Farmed mostly in Manitoba, it is a 1OO% natural and renewable Canadian resource.
I recommend it because it’s more effective than wood shavings, all natural, and more cost effective.
Based on a 12 x 12 ft stall, bare floor, average horse, these are the number of bags/bales on average that each type of bedding would require.
Flax: .5 – .75 bags
Long Straw: 4 bales
Pine Flakes: 3 bags
Straw Shavings: 3 bags
Wood Shavings (Sawdust): 2.75 bags
Hemp: 1.25 bags
No. Because flax is of vegetable origin, there is no harm done even if your horse was to sample the bedding. We recommend your horse have plenty of hay, their usual feed and water before putting them into a stall with new bedding of any kind to distract them. Then they will be less inclined to taste the bedding.
Flax straw that was once considered a detriment on the farm, is now leading the way to help farmers contribute this new bio-economy and implementing ‘Green’ farming.
Yes! Flax is suitable for animals, big and small, household or barnyard. Many people use our product for cat litter as it clumps and absorbs the strong urine smell.